Donald Lou Sanow was born Sept. 26, 1928, south of Marcus, the son of August and Emma (Koerner) Sanow. He was baptized Sept. 29, 1928, at home and confirmed March 15, 1942, at Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen. Don attended school in Remsen.
Following his education, he assisted his father and the neighbors with farming. He also installed drain tiles in Plymouth and Cherokee counties and operated a milk route with his father.
Don enlisted in the United States Army Jan. 9, 1951. He proudly served as a medical service technician during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge on April 22, 1957, he returned to Marcus.
Don took a position with Sand Seed in Marcus. He would work with Sand's for more than 40 years prior to his retirement.
He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus and participated in the Men's Braille Group. Don was currently the commander of the VFW Post #3328 in Remsen and a life member of the F.I. Goodburn American Legion Post #517 in Marcus.
He will be lovingly remembered by his sisters, Shirley (Stan) Nilles of Kingsley, and Darlene (Junior) Connor of Austin, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Martin Wanderscheid of Le Mars; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wayne and his wife, Carrie and Harlan and his wife, Doris; and two sisters, Luella Mouser and her husband, Harold and Arlene Wanderscheid.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus. The Rev. Don Erickson will officiate. Burial will follow at Marcus Amherst Cemetery with military honors provided by the VFW. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.